Research indicates that approximately 2 to 3 per 1,000 children will have acquired late-onset hearing loss. Children with hearing loss will find it more difficult than children with average hearing to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order, idioms, and other aspects of verbal communication.
Fortunately, early detection of hearing loss allows for early intervention that can put your child on-track for healthy communication development. Our audiologists test for hearing impairment in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss or Delay in Children
Common signs of hearing loss or delay in children include:
- limited, poor, or no speech
- frequent inattentiveness
- difficulty learning
- need to listen to the TV at a higher volume
- failure to respond to conversation-level speech
- failure to respond to their name
- answering inappropriately to speech
- frustration when there’s a lot of background noise
Receiving a Pediatric Assessment
Generally, children are referred for a pediatric assessment if a parent, caregiver, or healthcare provider has concerns regarding hearing, speech, language, or developmental delay. These concerns can be based on observation and/or a standardized developmental screening.
Our audiologists work in conjunction with the referring pediatrician or Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor for diagnosis and treatment. By administering a pediatric assessment, your audiologist will be able to better determine the cause, degree, and type of your child’s hearing loss and create an individualized treatment plan that will best fit their needs.
Pediatric assessment techniques may include, but are not limited to:
- Behavioral Observation Audiometry (BOA)
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
- Acoustic Immittance Audiometry
- Acoustic Reflex
- Acoustic Impedance
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)